Building Use


Project Duration

5 weeks

Procurement Method


Why buy from portakabin

Project Features

  • Open-plan office space
  • Three meeting rooms on each floor
  • Kitchenette
  • Toilet facilities
  • Showers
  • Advanced climate-control system
  • Emergency lighting
  • Internal glass atrium
  1. The Requirements

    World-leading rail transportation specialist Bombardier needed to create premium-quality project offices at its engineering plant in Derby, to accommodate large cross-functional teams working on major projects. This was a significant investment for Bombardier, which needed to be reflected in the quality of the new building. However, the lead time was very tight, so the chosen supplier had to be able to deliver in a matter of weeks.

  2. The Solution

    Once the order was placed, Portakabin had just five weeks to get the building installed and fully fitted out. In keeping with its on-time, on-budget promise, Portakabin worked tirelessly, in close collaboration with Bombardier, to complete the high-specification two-storey office facility on schedule. 

    The impressive 900m2 building was constructed using the energy-efficient, premium-grade Ultima building system. Portakabin designed the interior to meet Bombardier’s specifications, with open-plan office space and three meeting rooms on each floor. There are kitchenette and toilet facilities on both floors and showers and disabled persons’ toilets on the ground floor. To complete the fit-out, Portakabin installed an advanced climate-control system, plus fire alarms, emergency lighting, access steps and walkways.

    Vic Hammond, Senior Plant Engineering Manager at Bombardier, says: “We had used Portakabin buildings before, but not for such a large or prestigious building as this. We researched the buildings available on the Portakabin website and were impressed by the range and quality of the products on offer.

    “We were confident that Portakabin buildings would meet our quality requirements, and Portakabin gave us reassurance that they could deliver the building within our timescales.” 

Portakabin lived up to its assurance that the building would be ready within the short time available, which was vital for this high-profile project.

Vic Hammond, Senior Plant Engineering Manager, Bombardier

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